(image description: two walkers with backpacks follow the path along a river with perfectly still water that reflects the lush late summer forest foliage)
We are making a long-awaited return to the stunning Teifi Valley in South-West Wales for our one-and-only 5-day residential workshop for this season. Abercych is home to Maynard the brilliant community arts organisation run by Rhowan Alleyne, Stirling Steward, Siriol Joyner and Simon Whitehead.
The Teifi Valley is the meeting place of the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire in South-West Wales. The Cych River passes next to the village of Abercych where we will have our home base. We will be working in the river valley down as far as some of the local coast as well as having an indoor working space in the Abercych village hall.
Accommodation will be local and self-catering, sharing domestic tasks. We usually work out a rota of 2 people cooking an evening meal and another 2 people on clear-up. Breakfasts are self-organised and lunches are a group effort.
We will run the workshop with some special alterations to help people feel at ease during the pandemic by following current guidelines. We’ll keep an eye on changes to government guidelines and adapt or adjust as and when new guidelines are put in place. Before the workshop there will be a detailed information email that explains the plan for the week, taking into consideration any restrictions. Participants may be asked to do a PCR test before arrival.
Please have a look at the What To Expect page for more information on the general format of a residential Kinship Workshop.
ACCESS: Each day will usually begin in Abercych village hall with physical session, where toilet facilities are available. Afterwards and for the rest of the day, we’ll be working in various rural landscapes and using roads, lanes, gravel and earth tracks as well as going off path completely. We will usually hike between sites, walking from about 30-45 minutes at a time. On some days we may also hike for much of the day. The terrain is changeable with steep hills and deep valleys.
10 PLACES AVAILABLE (6 participants minimum)
Arrival: Monday 27th September before 3pm (public transport by train or coach to Carmarthen, then local bus to the Abercych) ready to start workshop programme at 4pm.
Departure: Friday 1st October (after 12noon)
GIFT ECONOMY: please fill out the booking form (link below) to make a proposal of a contribution of time or a skill in exchange for participation in the workshop
SUGGESTED CONTRIBUTION TO RUNNING COSTS: £100 (part of this contribution includes a charitable donation to a specified Kinship Workshop Cause).
ACCOMMODATION: Twin/ double rooms in shared self-catering cottage in Abercych village approx. £20 pppn
FOOD CONTRIBUTION: £50 (communally organised self-catering)